The majority of Americans understand what the Black Lives Matter movement is about. According to Pew Analysis, 64% of all adults support it, which is about 200 million people. Considering the magnitude of these numbers and the outrage over George Floyd’s modern-day lynching, there has been very little violence. Peaceful protesting has been the norm across the country as it was in our town. But when we watch the news, it’s easy to lose perspective. The negative gets our attention so that’s what the media gives us. And there are always a few deceptive agitators on the streets. Their goal is to demonize this movement and divide us.
Diane Dimond is also a deceptive agitator. Her platform, as a syndicated writer of political columns, is, for us, our local newspaper. Over the course of two months, three of her opinions were published. Collectively, they attempted to promote fear while demonizing and illegitimatizing the BLM movement.
On June 9th, she gave us “Enemies of the state.” She said enemies are among the BLM supporters. And she called them the left-wing, the radicals, the terrorists, Antifa, and the people who hate capitalism. On Jun 30th, “Crimes Against Common Sense” was her number 2. This time, Dimond was more brazen as she planted her divisive ideals in the form of questions. She wrote, … “Why isn’t it OK to state the obvious that ‘all lives matter’? And, let’s consider the recent move to destroy our history. …(Their) radical ideas like disbanding law enforcement, criminal takeovers of inner cities and controlling others’ conversations is just plain foolish.” And finally, on July 18th, she wrote, “Hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter Movement.” Dimond mentions several cases of blacks killing blacks that she calls, “Shameful” and said, … “They have no regard for life” …. She labels supporters of BLM as Marxists that want to overturn capitalism in favor of communism. She ended her last column by saying, … “I often wonder what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks would think about today’s movement for racial justice. I believe they would be greatly disappointed.”
Well, Diane Dimond, I believe our founders would be greatly disappointed in your divisive columns. For they, too, were treated unequally, and the British refused to address their grievances. So, in the first sentence of our Declaration of Independence, our founders demanded “equal station,” which in their words, “the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them.” To achieve it, a little tea was spilled, lives were sacrificed in the Revolution, but in the end the foundation was laid for basic human rights for all. Now, 244 years later, we are still aspiring to ensure everyone has “what nature’s God entitle them.” So, isn’t it unAmerican and unChristian to not embrace this next progressive step in democracy? Americans are united and our unifying message is “Black Lives Matter” and, there are no “BUTS” about it.
Ken Kovach is a resident of Frederick County.